How To Create An Artist’s Portfolio? — Part 3

Part 3 of TBD

Before reading this post, make sure you’ve read Part 1 and Part 2 and have completed the suggested tasks. Once you’ve done that you will be ready to continue creating your portfolio.

Step 3: The Tools I’ve Used To Create My Portfolio

Once I had a clearly thumbnailed plan of my portfolio, I began building it. The tools I’ve used to create my portfolio are OneDrive, Photoshop CS5, InDesign CS5, Photobook Canada, QR Code, iPhone SE, Camtasia, Adobe Rush app, and iMovie app.

OneDrive

Before you begin, make sure you have a backup drive. The worst thing that can happen is for you to spend so much time building your portfolio only to have your work disappear. Create a folder and keep saving as often as possible, but at least once/day. I have an external USB hard-drive, but also a designated folder in OneDrive.

Example of OneDrive Folder

Having a OneDrive folder allows me to easily switch my work between my devices. You can also use DropBox, GoogleDrive, etc.

Example of Cloud Drives

Photoshop CS5

Photoshop is an insanely powerful software and I tend to use maybe 10% of its functions. At this time the CCs version costs US$10/month. However, there are other photo-manipulation softwares that can suit your needs and are nowhere near as expensive. There are even some that are free.

Free software like photoshop Google Search

What you need is a software that will:

  • help you make basic changes to your scanned images (adjustments to color, contrast, etc. Smart phone cameras have some of these features).
  • Allow you to crop and size images — make sure you can see the resolution — for print, your files need to be minimum 300dpi/ppi if you wish to avoid pixelation.
  • make sure you can save your edits in a variety of formats: Try not to work with JPEG files because the more you Open and Save them, the more information is lost. This is why they are LOSSY. I tend to work with PSD, the native Photoshop, files. (Look up “lossless file formats” for other choices.)
Lossless file formats Google Search

Adobe InDesign CS5

I think of this software as Layout Software. I create what I need in Photoshop and Microsoft Word, then I import the images and text and make them ready for print in InDesign. InDesign has ways of manipulating space and assets that keeps everything sharp. Since Photoshop and InDesign are both from the Adobe family, as I make changes to files in Photoshop, the same changes are made in InDesign.

Photoshop asset is linked to the image file in Adobe InDesign.

You may be able to learn these programs for free through your local library system, make sure you inquire. Otherwise there are a lot of tutorials on YouTube.

Free Lynda.com software lessons at the Toronto Public Library.

InDesign can also output ePub (eBook) files. However, I find that the program creates a lot of junk HTML code, so if you would like to make eBooks I suggest you take a course. The more junk code you have in the file, the larger the file size, the more expensive it is to produce.

In InDesign, I make my book ready for printing. Get all the specifications you need from the printer, so that you know how much space you need to leave for bleed (this is trimmed by the printer, and usually unnecessary if you do not have images that extend to the edge), margins (between them is the information that must not be lost), and gutter area (the area next to the seam of the book). The minimum I find is 0.125 inch for bleed, 0.5 inch for margins, and 0.325 inch for the gutter. However, please make sure you check with your printer.

Bleed, Gutter, and Margins in InDesign

Photobook World Wide

As a Canadian I use Photobook Canada. The books are printed and shipped from Thailand via US. You can find your own printing company. The reason I chose Photobook Canada is because I found a decent discount on Groupon. The quality is acceptable, but can be upgraded.

Unless you choose a local printer where you can test the papers and production, I find it is always a gamble when ordering things from printers online. Therefore, make sure you give yourself enough time to reorder the books if necessary.

Photobook Canada has their own software which is atrocious. Terrible! Like something from the dark ages of the computing world. Instead of using their software to design my book, I have the JPEG files (they only accept JPEG files, so once you are done manipulating your pages export your files as JPEG) ready for printing. I upload pages into their software and waste a lot of time getting the images cantered properly. The software does not leave space for bleed, so I export the files without bleed from InDesign. However, you should always work with Bleed, because if you find a better printer they may request you have one.

If you choose Photobook, check Groupon first, because they often offer discounts. Instead of trying to figure out how to order the book online, build your book using their software and you can pay (enter your Groupon Voucher Code) as you go to publish your book. I wasted hours trying to figure out how to select my purchase online, before I figured out this process. You’re welcome.

If you can afford it, at checkout choose the HD paper option. It’s glossy, but the images are better and sharper. The result is still from a CMYK digital printer, and is therefore not as good as an offset printer or Giclée, but it is acceptable. If you want the best quality and money is no object, you can always print Giclée prints and bind the portfolio yourself. There are a lot of tutorials on book binding available online.

How to Book Binding Google Search results.

QR Code

A Portfolio is an introduction, not your life story. However, if after viewing your introduction they become interested in your life story, the easiest way to lead them there is via QR Codes. I’ve used this free QR Code Generator and have had no issues in the past. You can search for others online. Beware, some free generators will lead your prospect to other advertising pages before taking you to the one you specify. Test your QR Codes before publishing.

Portfolio Illustration Interview

I’m an overachiever (in case you have not figured this out by now), so of course I decided to take an extra step and have recorded myself using iPhone SE camera and then have created an Illustration Interview Video. I figured that if someone was interested in my work, they can get to know me as a person a bit through the video.

Camtasia is the program I use to record my screen as I work, but also to combine images and create videos.

Unfortunately, the iPhone video files were too large for Camtasia to handle. Therefore, I used Adobe Rush to edit them. (P.S. Adobe Rush app does not match Adobe Premier in video editing capabilities, no matter what the developers say.) However, Adobe Rush is an insanely expensive app, so I will not be using it in the future. Adobe Rush is worth it only to the users who make frequent videos. I’m not one of them. I will make iMovie work with Camtasia instead.

Action Step:

Choose your software and create your portfolio. Remember, always keep in mind the purpose for your portfolio. Do not copy mine for your job interview or job application, because I created this portfolio as a showcase, not for a specific position.

In the following article, I will share my portfolio with you and the results of my NY SCBWI 20th Annual Winter Conference.

Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography
© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, an award-winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.

Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee, who learns to become a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon-people (people who turn into dragons).

Mili Fay Art Published Books Book Covers

Mili Fay Art Fan Cub
“Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Instagram:@mili.fay.art
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Twitter: @MiliFay

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How to create an artist’s portfolio? — Part 2

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In the previous article, I’ve stressed the importance of research. Now that you have the information you need the time has come to create a plan.

Step 2: Plan Your Portfolio

A portfolio is not just a collection of your best drawings bound into a neatly packaged book. Your portfolio should reflect who you are and why you are the best person for the job. If you need to, write down what position you wish to obtain on one post-it note and why you should get this position on another. When planning your portfolio keep referring to these post-it notes. If the artwork you are including does not fit both of these chief purposes, leave it out.

My Case

What?

SCBWI 20th Annual Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase, a.k.a. Let everyone know I am the greatest illustrator on the planet. (This is not the time to be modest or make excuses. Even if you do not believe this, when creating your portfolio pretend that you do. If you do not believe you are good enough, why should anyone else?)

Why me?

  • I can create a professional book from scratch by myself.
  • Draftsmanship — there is nothing I cannot draw.
  • Empathy — emotional connection with the story/viewer.
  • Adaptable — I can adapt my style to suit a project’s needs.
  • Maximum output with minimal input. — I do not need to be micro-managed.
  • Neat and organized.
  • Dedicated.
  • Easy to work with. — 100% client and customer satisfaction.
  • Tech savvy. — I can work with Cintiq, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, HTML Markup…

Or, keep it simple:

The Perfect Illustrator:

  • Emotionally connected.
  • Easy to work with.
  • Extremely skilled — author/illustrator/publisher.

How many art pieces should I include?

According to online research, ten to fifteen is the desired number. You really should show only your best work and make it relevant to the position you are seeking. Any artwork you doubt even a bit does not belong in your portfolio. A portfolio should be your calling card, an introduction. If the prospective employer wishes to know more about you, he/she can invite you in for further discussion.

To make it easy for the prospect, always include your contact information, URL to your website, and 1 – 3 relevant social media accounts in your portfolio.

Thought 10 – 15 sample illustrations is the recommended number, do not be afraid to ignore the suggestion if it does not meet your purpose.

My Case

Instead of the suggested 10–15 illustrations, I will include twenty pieces in my portfolio. My reasoning is that since I’m not seeking a position for a particular job, I need to show what I can do. I’ve divided my portfolio into common publishing age categories: 0 – 6 (baby to pre-school, usually board books and young picture books), 3 – 8 (picture books), 8 – 12 (middle-grade), 13+ (YA). Whoever is looking through the portfolio can choose which age level to view.

What should I include in my portfolio?

This depends on the position you are seeking and you should have the answer if you’ve followed through the action steps suggested in the first article.

For an illustration portfolio consider storytelling. Your portfolio should tell a story. Think of it as illustrating a picture book about your abilities. Look through published books and take notice of the styles. (For example, books for youngest children tend to have illustrations made up of simple shapes and bright colors.) Show expressions and action, show that you can create a two-page spread, possibly include your illustration process, show that you can tell a story with images.

You should also include your best work in the beginning and the end of your portfolio, because you never know which end the viewer may choose to look at first.

Thumbnail your portfolio.

After you’ve selected the illustrations you wish to include, you should create a logical progression within your portfolio. Before I beginning putting my portfolio together, I thumbnail a visual plan for the entire portfolio. If I notice an imbalance in the thumbnail stage, I take away or add new illustrations.

The above is a thumbnail plan of my portfolio.

Just as an author begins with an outline, plan your portfolio with thumbnails then work from your plan.

Action Steps:

  1. Answer the What? and Why You?.
  2. Choose 10 – 15 best pieces of artwork. Keep referring to 1 as you do so.
  3. Create a thumbnail outline of your portfolio. Make sure everything flows and that your best artwork is at the beginning and the end. If you can, only include your best artwork. If anything makes you wonder or cringe even a bit, discard the work.

In the following article, I will share with you the tools I used to create my portfolio.

Best wishes!

Mili Fay
Toronto
January 8, 2019

Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography
© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, an award-winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.

Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee, who learns to become a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon-people (people who turn into dragons).

Mili Fay Art Published Books Book Covers

Mili Fay Art Fan Cub
“Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Instagram:@mili.fay.art
Facebook: Mili Fay Art
Twitter: @MiliFay

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How to create an artist’s portfolio? — Part 1

Part 1 of TBD

If you’ve ever asked yourself:

Confused Mariana from the École Napoléon series.

  • What should I include in my portfolio?
  • How can I stand out from the crowd of artists just as talented as I am at a job fair?
  • What format should my portfolio take: a book, a folder, hand-made…?
  • … and many other questions that can, quite frankly, drive an inexperienced artist insane.

This series of articles is for you. In this series I will attempt to answer these questions as I build my own portfolio from scratch for the SCBWI 20th Annual Winter Conference, occurring February 2019 in NY. I invite you to join my journey from the very beginning, until the final article in which I will share my NY experience.

Before you get too excited and scream: “Yes! This is what I have been searching for. Thank you [insert deity of choice]!!!” I have a confession to make. I have never gotten a job using an artist’s portfolio. All the jobs I received were due to the word-of-mouth or via websites, my own and the commonly popular ones, like Etsy.

If you have not met me before, you also need to know that I am rather an unusual artist. I do not fit pre-set checkboxes. I’m a classically trained animator, who made her living painting portraits and freelance illustrating, before creating Mili Fay Art. I have the skills to create a live action/classically animated movie from scratch. I can build and publish a book in print, e-book, and Mobi formats. I’m also willing to learn whatever I need to to get the job done. I do not fear technology, I embrace it, but I also enjoy being traditional. I do not have a single drawing or painting style, but tend to push my style in different directions for different projects.

I think that’s all you need to know before we begin this journey. So, without further ado, let’s get on with it.

Step 1: Research

It is very Hermione of me, I know, but I never begin anything unfamiliar without extensive research.

As I read article upon article about creating artist’s portfolios, I came across two common rules:

  1. Create a portfolio specific to the job you are seeking.
  2. Stick to a single style, so that companies who wish to hire you will know what to expect.

I have no issues with rule number 1. I have many issues with rule number 2.

Let’s begin with rule number one. It is deceptively simple, but if you have ever tried to follow this rule, I bet you anything that you got stuck when the time came to choose your artwork. The only advice I can give you here is that you should find an artist whose job you wish you had and ask them for advice. Most artists are not as fearful of sharing what they know as you would imagine, and those who are are not mature enough, so you should stay clear of them anyway.

Therefore, if you wish to apply for a character designer position at a studio, study the studio’s style, and see if you can talk to one of the artists, or even the director in charge. Terrifying, I know, but this is the time when you have to become a fearless warrior, not stay a shrinking violet. The worst that can happen is they say no, and you will be in the exact position you were before.

If you wish to illustrate covers, have illustrated covers in your portfolio. If you are applying for a picture book job for young children, study the published books, and bring something fresh to the styles that are shown.

As I have never gotten a job with a portfolio, here is my favourite article on creating an illustration portfolio I’ve discovered in my research. This article links to other great articles, so feel free to explore.

My case and troubles with Rule 2.

MFA Portfolio Instagram Poll

The people have spoken and I will do my best to share what I know.

The SCBWI published a page that outlines exactly what is expected from me as an artist for the SCBWI 20th Annual Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase.

I have never attended one of these events before. I’m not sure what to expect. Also, I was not sure what to do with this portfolio. Do I create a portfolio pretending I am looking for a particular job? Do I stick to artwork focusing on a particular age group? Do I follow the sage advice I’ve read in the articles, or do I take a huge risk and do something I have not come across in my research?

What would you do? By the way, the tickets and transportation costs for this event have reached CAD$1200.

My whole being is telling me to take the risk. This is not the time to play it safe. I need to stay true to myself and show whoever is judging this portfolio who I am to the best of my current ability. My reasoning is simple, I do not wish to work with people who will not appreciate me for who I am. This portfolio exhibition is not about finding a job — I’m compiling a list of agencies and publishers I will be submitting my work to in the future to find a job — this experience is about finding a kindred spirit who will be a partner in my future career.

I am more than an illustrator. I’m an author, a publisher, a filmmaker, and animator. Thus, I’ve decided my portfolio for this particular event will take the shape of a published hard-cover book. It will include my Portfolio divided into different age groups, an illustration interview (YouTube Video and written), social proof, and a comment section for the judges (if they wish to offer some constructive criticism).

Building my portfolio will continue in the following article, for now I leave you with these three action steps:

  1. Write down why you are creating your portfolio? A job? An event?
  2. Write down, what do you wish to say with your portfolio? Why should they hire you instead of the amazing artist standing next to you? What makes you perfect for this position?
  3. Research. Read all the articles and watch all the videos you can about creating a portfolio for the position you want. Take notes. Write down questions. Then, find an artist through social media, introduce yourself and politely ask him/her if they would not mind if you ask them some questions (do not send them a list of questions, and keep your inquiry to a sentence or two).

Happy hunting!

Mili Fay
Toronto
November 25, 2018

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, an award-winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.

Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee, who learns to become a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon-people (people who turn into dragons).

Mili Fay Art Published Books Book CoversMili Fay Art Fan Cub
“Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Instagram:@mili.fay.art
Facebook: Mili Fay Art
Twitter: @MiliFay

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Mili Fay goes to BookExpo 2018 in NY

Mili Fay having a conversation in front of the Javits Centre in NY City.

Mili Fay standing in front of the Javits Centre in NY City. Can you see all the bags of books she’s carrying?

Let me just state that it was an experience. In my 35 years, this has been the first time I’ve travelled anywhere on my own — without expecting a welcome committee of family or family friends. My solo status did not last long, since my sister joined me the following day, but it was a new experience.

NY was waking up at five in the morning so that I could blow-dry my hair and make myself look neat and “businessy”. I would leave the hotel (145 W 44th St and Broadway — Millennium Broadway Hotel) and walk the 20 minutes to Javits Centre so I would be there by 8 am. Of course, by the time I got to Javits Centre, humidity had its way with my hair and instead of looking businessy, I looked like Ronald McDonald. Eventually, I stopped blow drying in the morning and had more sleep instead.

BookExpo was intense. Educational sessions lasted all day until about 6 pm. By the third day, I was so mentally exhausted that I just stood there, not knowing where I should go. I learned more than I can process (I’m still processing), met some idols, and walked away with a carry-on full of books. They just give away books for free — ARCs and hardcover-just-published copies, often signed by authors.

Rick Riordan, Roshani Chokshi, J.C. Cervantes

Rick Riordan presents his new imprint and the first two books by Roshani Chokshi and J.C. Cervantes.

BookCon, I could not figure out. I find BookExpo is better, because it is less busy, more publishers are there, there is information on everything, and books are free. At BookCon, I had to purchase the books I wanted, and I had no idea what was happening. I did enjoy the author interviews.

Magic and Power Fantsy Panel at BookCon, Javits Centre, NY 2018.

BookCon’s Fantasy Authors. Includes: Marissa Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Brandon Sanderson, and Tomi Adeyemi. The Moderator: Daniel José Older.

I have written down all my notes and arranged them in OneNote notebook. I have also uploaded all the recordings of interviews. These are freely available to Mili Fay Art Fan Club Members. You can join the Membership and request a copy.

Would I recommend attending BookExpo?

BookExpo 2018 Children's Authors Breakfast

Children’s Authors Breakfast, including Viola Davis, Jacqueline Woodson, Yuyi Morales, Meg Medina, and Dave Eggers.

If you are in NY, or live near by, and can obtain a ticket (you will have to prove you are in the Publishing Industry), I would get the ticket just for all the free books and autograph copies. If you need more information about the publishing industry, I would also recommend attending this event. I did not find this out until it was too late, but apparently editors could be found at booths at certain times, and what better opportunity to discuss your options with them. I also enjoyed seeing the collective works of each publisher. We (authors and illustrators) are often encouraged to visit bookstores and research publishers to see if our work would fit amongst their work. At BookExpo, I can get a sense of a visiting publishing house at a glance.

Denise Costantino and MerMay 2017

Denise Costantino showing her image featured in Mili Fay’s MerMay 2017 Sketchbook.

What I would not recommend this event for is if you are looking to network with agents and editors. It is far too expensive for you to present your work, and in my opinion this event is geared toward publishers to connect with bookstores and libraries, and negotiate printing and other services. The one agent I and my friend Denise (illustrator of Sweet’s Search for a Forever Home in the Garden State) met explained that the agents that were present were there to negotiate overseas rights and not to look for new clients. She suggested we should visit Writer’s Conferences instead for that purpose. However, saying the above, I did meet several lovely people with whom I hope to stay in touch.

If you have any other questions regarding my BookExpo experience, feel free to contact me.

Best!

Mili Fay
Toronto
July 24, 2018

P.S. I have been absent from my blog for a while, not because nothing was happening, but because so much has happened that I do not know where to start. In the following few posts I will try to catch you up with everything of importance.

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FREE 2018 WALL AND DOCUMENT CALENDAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

May this year be better than the last. May Happiness, Health, Love, Laughter walk with you, and may you have many wonderful adventures.

New Year’s Gift:

This year I’ve decided to gift you something practical. I hope you enjoy this 2018 free calendar featuring some of my favorite art created in 2017. Make sure you check out the second-last page. 😉

2018 Calendar Cover

Download your Free 2018 Calendar here, or click on one of the images. I’ve provided you with two convenient sizes; 11 x 8.5 and 17 x 11.

Mili Fay Art 2018 Calendar Back Cover

2018 Mili Fay Art Calendar Read Me

How to use the 2018 Mili Fay Art 11 x 8.5 Calendar

Cheers!

Mili Fay
Toronto

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, an award-winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.

Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee, who learns to become a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon-people (people who turn into dragons).

Mili Fay Art Published Books Book CoversMili Fay Art Fan Cub
“Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Instagram:@mili.fay.art
Facebook: Mili Fay Art
Twitter: @MiliFay

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#MythoJuly2017 Sketcbook Launch Party!

MythoJuly2017 Sketchbook Launch Party Header

WELCOME!

I hope you’ll have a lot of fun, and feel free to invite your friends throughout the day.

MYSTERY PAINTING REVEALED!

Flying Pegausu

Flying Pegasus. The color is ispired by the character from Disney’s Hercules.

Other than a dragon, which was kind of represented in MythoJuly on July 21, 2017, Pegasus is my favorite mythological creature. Did you know he is the son of Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa?

GIFTS!

You can download Flying Pegasus, Lady Hades and Lady Krishna (Chosen by Vote on Instagram), Mili Fay as Athena and 9 Adult Coloring Pages, by clicking on the link below.

MythoJuly2017 Book Launch Giveaway Gifts

MythoJuly2017 Sketchbook Launch Gifts were available on December 10, 2017. Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club and never miss out again.

SKETCHBOOKS!

FREE!

MythoJuly2017 Sketchbook Cover Art

Today only, and NEVER again, download MythoJuly2017 Sketchbook FREE from Amazon.

ARTIST’S EDITION US$5.00!

MythoJuly2017 Sketchbook Artist's Edition Cover Art

Artist’s Edition allows you to download all the artwork in the sketchbook at full resolution. That’s approximately US$300 worth of artwork for US$5.00! Regular retail price: US$49.95. After today, I will manually raise the price by $5 every day, until I reach the full retail price. Never again will you be able to purchase this book for less than US$24.99 (50% off). Find it on Amazon.

50% OFF!

Clicking on the image will take you to Amazon’s book page. If you have any technical issues, let me know.

Cover for the Kindle Edition of MerMay2017 Sketchbook featuring Mili Fay as an aqua mermaid.Cover for the Kindle Edition of MerMay2017 Sketchbook featuring Mili Fay as an aqua mermaid.The Phantom of the Opera Sketchbook Inktober 2016 Sketchbook CoveThe Phantom of the Opera Sketchbook Inktober 2016 Sketchbook Cove

TRIVIA, LIVE SKETCHING REQUESTS, AND Q&A

Throughout the day, I will post 3 mythology trivia questions in the comments. The first person to Reply with the correct answer, can ask me to sketch anything, and I mean anything. I will attempt to film myself sketching and broadcast my efforts Live on Instagram. FYI, I have a ridiculous fear of being on camera, so please be patient with me.

I will also attempt to answer questions while sketching, but sometimes I cannot draw and talk at the same time. So… write your questions in the comments on this post, and I’ll get to them between the Live Sketching Streams. Just make sure your question has not been asked, because otherwise this page can get very messy.

You can also comment and interact with other attendees on this page or on Social Media: Mili Fay Art on Instagram, Mili Fay Art Facebook Page, and Facebook Event Page.

Schyler Sisters from Hamilton

Trivia Prize 1: Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton

Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton Colored

Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton colored with Pantone TRIA markers.

Hrafn and Olaf from Raven Boy

Trivia Prize 2: Hrafn and Olaf from Kateryna Kei’s book Raven Boy.

Wicked the Musical: Popular

Trivia Prize 3: Glinda and Elphaba from the musical Wicked.

GRAND PRIZE DRAW

If you have shared this event, and I have not acknowledged your efforts, let me know so that I can add you to the Grand Prize Draw. I have never done this before, so there may have been some glitches. The minimum for the draw is 10 persons per prize (See previous post). If this minimum has not been met, a consolation prize will be sent to the few participants who have helped share this event on Social Media.

Best!

Mili Fay
Toronto

A note to spammers: This page is monitored. Please do not waste your time or mine.

Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, an award-winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.

Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee, who learns to become a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon-people (people who turn into dragons).

Mili Fay Art Published Books Book CoversMili Fay Art Fan Cub
“Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Instagram:@mili.fay.art
Facebook: Mili Fay Art
Twitter: @MiliFay

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#MythoJuly2017 Sketchbook Launch Invitation!

THIS IS NOT THE EVENT PAGE. IT IS THE PRE-EVENT/INVITATION/INFORMATION PAGE.

MythoJuly 2017 Sketchbook Launch Invite

“Who would be interested in this event?”

  • Artists
  • Mythology Fans
  • Art Fans
  • Watercolor Fans
  • “Art of” or Sketchbook Fans

“Where?”

Here. Mili Fay Art Website’s Blog, because I want everyone with Internet access to attend. This way you do not need to have an Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr… or any other social media account to attend.

“Why should I attend?”

ART GIFTS

  • “Athena”, “Lady Hades”, “Lady Krishna”, and a Mystery Painting (to be revealed on the day of the event) in full-resolution (JPEG and PDF) for download
  • 9 Line-Art Coloring Pages for download

SKETCHBOOKS

TRIVIA, LIVE SKETCHING REQUESTS, AND Q&A

3 times/day I’ll show up online and ask a mythology based question. The first person to Reply with a correct answer can ask me to sketch whatever they want. I’ll try to set up Instagram Live (sadly I do not have enough followers to do this over YouTube so everyone can see) where I’ll have about an hour to sketch the request and answer some questions.

MYTHOJULY2017 GRAND PRIZE DRAW

Help me spread the word about this event by Sharing on Social Media and you may win a Grand Prize!

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Download/Save the cover image (a.k.a Invite) and share it online.
  2. Once you’ve shared the image and information about the event on your social media send an email containing:
    1. the list of Social Media you shared the image on.
    2. your name and contact email (you do not have to use your real name at this stage, but you must have a valid email address)
    3. Answer to: “Do you live in Canada or USA?” (Yes or No.)

    to mythojuly.contest@artofmili.ca. For every social media account you share the invite on, you will get one entry into the draw.

PRIZE

There will be 2 winners: 1 chosen from Canada and USA, and 1 chosen from other countries, so make sure you let me know where you belong. Make sure you provide all the information I require A., B., and C. If you do not, your entry will be invalid. You will be require to provide proof you’ve shared the Invite between December 3rd and December 10th 2017 on Social Media before you can claim your prize.

Winning resident of Canada and USA (no P.O. Boxes are allowed) will win: the original Mystery Painting (it is an 11 x 14 original MythoJuly style watercolor painting featuring a mythological creature to be revealed on the day of the event — $240 value).

Winning resident of a country other than Canada and USA will win: a Mili Fay Art Kindle Collection (Warriors of Virtue Episodes 1-5 Text Edition, Animals In My Hair, The Phantom of the Opera: Inktober 2016 Sketchbook, #MerMay2017 Sketchbook, #MythoJuly2017 Sketchbook — $40 value) and $200 worth of downloadable full-resolution Mili Fay Art artwork of his/her choice (exception: Limited Edition Artwork).

If you are wondering why I’m not shipping artwork outside of Canada and USA, it’s because the shipping and customs costs are insane and I cannot afford them.

Deadline: December 10, 2017 at 12:00 EST

GRAND PRIZE DRAW DATE

The Requirements have not been met, so there will be no Grand Prize Draw.

The day of, I will pick the winners from a hat on Instagram Live. If you do not have Instagram, not to worry, I’ll save the video and post it on YouTube.

Also, I think there is no point to having a draw unless at least 5 people are present in either category, so if there are less than 5, this draw will not happen. Those who do participate may get a consolation prize.

When you send an email, you should receive an automated message informing you I have received your email. If you have not, check your Junk Mailbox.

Disclaimer: The Grand Prize Draw and MythoJuly 2017 Sketchbook Launch Event are created for fun at my own discretion. I and anyone related to me or my business are under no legal obligations whatsoever.

Keep you eye on the following post: MythoJuly 2017 Sketchbook Launch Event, which will be Live on December 10, 2017 at 12:00 EST. I hope to see you then.

Good luck and have fun!

Mili Fay
Toronto

A note to spammers: This page is monitored. Please do not waste your time or mine.

Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, an award-winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.

Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee, who learns to become a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon-people (people who turn into dragons).

Mili Fay Art Published Books Book CoversMili Fay Art Fan Cub
“Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”Shop Mili Fay Art
Facebook: Mili Fay Art
Twitter: @MiliFay

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Are you #novembernaughty or #novembernice?

Are you looking for that perfect gift? I am obsessed with finding perfect gifts. Honestly, I think Santa Claus has the best job in the world. There is nothing like the feeling of watching someone’s face when they open that perfect gift; they start crying, then I start crying, there is hugging, and laughing, and… Well, it’s what happiness feels like. Now, a perfect gift does not have to be purchased. It can be made.

My favorite present I ever received from my sister was a home-made card where she miss-spelled Happy (“Hapy” — we are immigrants, but really? 🤨.) and told me how much she loved me. Just as she got all the athletic genes, I got all the creative ones — my sister cannot draw a stickman. Art critic would sneer so hard at that card, they would likely dislocate their noses. However, for me it is the thought that counts. (I’m tearing up just thinking about that card, FYI!) I was 18, and I still have that card hanging on my wall. And I would not part with it for all the money in the world… Well, maybe if someone offered enough money for me to purchase my sister a clinic. That would totally be worth it!

Mili Fay's favorite gift.

My sister gave me this card for my 18th birthday. It’s my favorite gift to this day.

My other favorite gift she gave me for New Year’s Day the year I got into Sheridan Animation. It was a cell reproduction of The Little Mermaid singing on the rock. As children, my sister and I reenacted that scene daily for years! The drawing is not a copy of the actual cell used, which made me feel cheated. Glen Keane drew that scene.

Ariel singing on the rock limited edition animation cell.

My sister spent $600 on this present at the time. All her savings!

Part of your world reprise movie still.

The actual cell used in the movie (from Glen Keane’s original animation) has way more movement and is so much better.

I do not know why Disney felt someone else’s drawing would look better, because it does not. In fact, at this stage I think I could draw Ariel better, but the memories that image brings is priceless. Though, at the time the framed cell did have a substantial price: $600 for a fake reproduction (all my sister’s savings). Really, Disney?!!!

The point I’m trying to make is that I really appreciate perfect gifts. However, being an independent artist, these days I do not have the time to make, or cash to purchase perfect gifts for my family and friends. Working independently, all the money I earn goes back to resuscitating my flailing business, and I spend all my free time: working!

“So, this is Christmas, and what have you done?”

Every time I hear these words (and yes, the stores are playing Christmas songs even though it is not yet November!), I feel a stab to my heart. I feel as if I could be better, and as if I could have done more.

I also feel the pain of not being able to conjure up that perfect gift. Am I alone? I think not.

Therefore, with great trepidation, I’ve decided to try something I have not done before. I’ve decided to at least create perfect gifts for my fans. This pre-Holiday season, I will be #novembernice. For those of you who don’t know what it is, #novembernice is the movement by artists (and others) to help exhausted holiday shoppers find that perfect gift for less. For everyone else, it is a chance to remind themselves to be kinder and nicer to others. In return we all get to rack up last minute candy cane points to please Santa (or star, or candle points for whatever supernatural being watches over your personality during the year).

I’m offering 30 (Are 30 too many?) Gift Certificates for 11 x 14 original artwork commission for 80% off (maybe even more than 80% off). In the past, I sold these for $500+, depending on the medium and content. Now, I’m offering an original painting, drawing, etc. for $100. I know artists who sell unlimited, reproduction art prints for more. Am I being crazy, to commit myself for that tiny wage? I will basically be working for a wage that is well below minimum wage, maybe even below sweatshop wage. 🤯

However, if I can make at least one person happy with their gift-giving, I think it will be worth it. Imagine if everyone just helped one person in their life… Maybe my dream of living on the Star Trek TNG Earth (where there are no wars and people get along and are free to pursue their lives as they see fit) might come around in my lifetime.

Click the button for details, and if you would like me to create the artwork before this Holiday Season, contact me ASAP.

Are you #novembernice or #novembernaughty? Let me now in the comments how you intend to brighten someone’s life this Holiday Season. If you are an artist, or a shop owner, slashing your prices like crazy: share! I’m still searching for perfect gifts. 😇

Happy pre-Holiday season and good luck!

Cheers!

Mili

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#InktoberContest 2017 on Instagram

#InktoberContest 2017 RULES

Wonder Woman: Mili Fay Art Instagram Contest Poster

The hashtag for this event is #InktoberContest please use it when you are commenting about the artwork. #InktoberContest is part of #inktober, a global even where artists are encouraged to create artwork using traditional ink-based tools during the month of October.

My idea is to create ink line-art and color the final image digitally, blending both the traditional and digital mediums, as I have done in the Wonder Woman poster above.

This year I’ve hosted #MerMay and #MuthoJuly contests on Instagram. The rules for this event are similar. THE FIRST PERSON TO COMMENT ON MY INSTAGRAM POST WINS! Though I will try to post daily, my other obligations may prevent me, but I will try to post artwork either at 16:00 h or 19:00 h EDT. What I can promise is that this event will continue until there are 31 Contest Winners.

How it works:

Beginning with the artwork above, I will post an image on Instagram with Information beginning: “🗲 BE THE FIRST to comment, letting me know your favorite superhero/villain, and WIN an illustration of yourself as that character. 🗲”

The first Instagram Follower to comment wins!

The winner needs to send me a head shot, full body with head shot, and a photo of a handwritten note: “I, (full name), give Mili Fay of Mili Fay Art permission to use my image to create a (superhero/supervillain character of your choice). Date and Sign.” This information needs to be sent by 9:00 EDT the following day. The winner can do this via Instagram Direct Message (do not send me images that expire), or by adding images to a Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. folder and sending me a link to that folder via direct message. The clearer the image, the better I can capture you. I also need to see your hair and eye color. KEEP IT RATED G. Leave your clothes on. Do not make this contest creepy, or you will be disqualified.

Additional Rules:

NO DUPLICATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. If someone has already chosen the character of your choice, choose another one — I will not draw 2 Storms. Exception: One of you can choose Wonder Woman.

Please choose world acknowledged superheroes/villains. I think real life superheroes/villains surround us, but for this contest I’m drawing fantasy, made up superheroes/villains.

🌟 This contest is offered at my sole discretion and for fun. I’m under no legal obligations whatsoever. 🌟

The winner will receive: a low-resolution digitally perfected image they can share online, a high-resolution image of the drawing for printing, a Mili Fay Art Copyright License, and a free Kindle Sketchbook of all the art. The winner will also be given an option to purchase the original ink line-art at a significant discount, US$70 (free shipping to Canada and US), prior to its being offered to the public.

Note: I am the sole copyright owner of my creation and can do with it what I will.

If the winner does not send the images by the time indicated above, and the runner up cannot be contacted, I will draw a superhero/supervillain character of my choice.

THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO EVERYONE INCLUDING THE MERMAY2017 and MYTHOJULY2017 CONTEST WINNERS. If you are under the legal age, by entering this contest you agree that you have your parent’s or guardian’s consent to do so. You also need your parent/guardian to sign your image release note. I will not share your images with anybody and will delete them in due time.

By entering the contest you acknowledge that you have read all the rules and that you will abide by them.

Thank you for reading and thank you for following.

Mili Fay
Toronto
October 1st, 2017

IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST

Why should I have all the fun? Join me in creating an #inktober sketch per day if you are up to the challenge.

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#MythoJuly 2017 Contest on Instagram

MythoJuly 2017 Contest Header.

🦄 #MythoJuly 2017 CONTEST RULES 🦄

The hashtag for this event is #MythoJuly please use it when you are commenting about the artwork or if you are an artist and wish to participate. Details at the bottom.

I will be creating ink, pencil-crayon, and watercolor paintings this time around. I will try to post the winning painting either at 16:00 h or 19:00 h EDT. Note: Because of my recent eye surgery my eyesight is not always reliable. If there is a delay, not to worry, I will catchup in August — there will be 31 Days of paintings in total.

You can choose a character (or creature) from any historical mythology world: Greek, Roman, Chinese, Egyptian, Norse, Celtic… I WILL NOT accept characters from entertainment invented mythology worlds. (Ex. Tolkien’s Middle Earth.) 

NO DUPLICATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. If someone has already chosen the mythological character of your choice, choose another one — I will not draw 2 Medusas. Exception: One of you can choose the goddess Athena.

The winner needs to send me a head shot, full body with head shot, and a photo of a handwritten note: “I, (full name), give Mili Fay of Mili Fay Art permission to use my image to create a (mythology character of your choice). Date and Sign.” This information needs to be sent by 9:00 EDT the following day. The winner can do this via Instagram Direct Message (do not send me images that expire), or by adding images to a Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. folder and sending me a link to that folder via direct message. The clearer the image, the better I can capture you. I also need to see your hair and eye color. KEEP IT RATED G. Leave your clothes on. Do not make this contest creepy, or you will be disqualified.

 

🌟 This contest is offered at my sole discretion and for fun. I’m under no legal obligations whatsoever. 🌟

MythoJuly2017: Mili Fay as the Goddess Athena

Mili Fay as the Greek goddess Athena; an example of the watercolor painting the winner will receive.

The winner will receive: a low-resolution digitally perfected image they can share online, a high-resolution image of the drawing for printing, a Mili Fay Art Copyright License, and a free Kindle Sketchbook of all the art. The winner will also be given an option to purchase the original art at a significant discount, US$100 (free shipping to Canada and US), prior to its being offered to the public.

I am the sole copyright owner of my creation and can do with it what I will.

If the winner does not send the images by the time indicated above, and the runner up cannot be contacted, I will draw a mythological character from my head.

THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO EVERYONE INCLUDING THE MERMAY2017 CONTEST WINNERS. If you are under the legal age, by entering this contest you agree that you have your parent’s or guardian’s consent to do so. You also need your parent/guardian to sign your image release note. I will not share your images with anybody and will delete them in due time.

By entering the contest you acknowledge that you have read all the rules and that you will abide by them.

Thank you for reading and thank you for following.

Mili Fay
Toronto
June 30, 2017

🦄 IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST 🦄

Why should I have all the fun? Join me in creating a mythological sketch per day if you are upto the challenge. Use the #MythoJuly hashtag to keep the “conversation” going. At the end of the event, choose your best drawing and tag me @mili.fay.art — maybe we can create a collage of all the art.

 You can also create your own sketchbook of all the artwork and sell it on Amazon.

Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, an award-winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.

Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee, who learns to become a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon-people (people who turn into dragons).

Mili Fay Art Published Books Book CoversMili Fay Art Fan Cub
“Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”Shop Mili Fay Art
Facebook: Mili Fay Art
Twitter: @MiliFay

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